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Deitch, Sirmans, and More Give Young Artists Pointers in YoungArts’s New L.A. Initiative

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From February 6 to February 11, a select group of young art students across Los Angeles received a crash course in their craft through intense master classes and workshops with internationally renowned artists and art world professionals. All this through the National YoungArts Foundation, which just inaugurated YoungArts Los Angeles, a new program modeled after their signature annual program — YoungArts Week.

YoungArts Los Angeles provided 43 talented young students between 15 and 18 years old, and representing a wide range of disciplines in the visual, literary, and performing arts, with access to such figures as L.A. MOCA director Jeffrey Deitch (above), artist Anna Sew Hoy, Franklin Sirmans, LACMA’s chief curator of contemporary art (below), Grammy Award-winning soprano Jessica Rivera, and Marc Bamuthi Joseph, director of performing arts at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center. The young artists enjoyed the chance to share their work with the public through free performances, readings, exhibitions and screenings.

The National YoungArts Foundation was established in 1981 to identify and support the next generation of artists. To date, YoungArts has honored more than 16,000 young artists with over $6 million in monetary awards. YoungArts alumni include actress Kerry Washington, recording artist Nicki Minaj, and visual artist Doug Aitken.

— Yasmine Mohseni, ARTINFO Los Angeles

(Top image: Jeffrey Deitch, Director, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, talks to students in a master class during the inaugural regional program of YoungArts Los Angeles at the Los Angeles Theatre Center; photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging. Bottom image: Franklin Sirmans, chief curator of contemporary art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, reviews student work during a YoungArts Los Angeles master class at the Los Angeles Theatre Center, February 12, 2013; photo by Katherine Bollens.)

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